Perry W. Miles IV


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  • University of Richmond School of Law, JD, magna cum laude, 1998
  • University of Virginia, BA, 1993
  • Virginia

Perry principally represents corporate defendants in high-exposure product liability matters both nationally and regionally. He has tried to verdict numerous matters in federal and state courts in Virginia and other states. He has also represented corporate clients in commercial litigation matters, class actions, warranty and consumer fraud litigation, toxic tort, and personal injury cases.

He has handled all aspects of defense litigation in single, class action and multidistrict litigation, including advanced motions practice; corporate witness preparation; developing technical defenses and expert witness testimony; excluding and limiting adverse expert testimony; internal investigations; litigation testing; trial work; and appellate practice.

As defense counsel for a Big Three automaker, Perry has tried multiple-week high exposure cases, often in challenging jurisdictions. He has defended the automaker in product liability lawsuits alleging defects in various components and systems, including fuel systems; door latching and locking systems; tires, restraint systems; and electrical systems. He has first-chaired jury trials to verdict in Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana and Alabama and participated in jury trials in Georgia, Mississippi, Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia.

Perry has represented a wide range of companies, including manufacturers of firearms, smoke alarms, elevators and escalators, commercial appliances and other products, defending them in Virginia and other jurisdictions against allegations of negligence and defect.

Perry has served as an adjunct professor of law at the University of Richmond, T.C. Williams School of Law, teaching appellate advocacy. Prior to joining the firm, Perry served as law clerk for Justice Elizabeth B. Lacy of the Supreme Court of Virginia.

While earning his law degree, Perry was honored as a member of the McNeil Law Society (now Order of the Coif).

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Perry W Miles IV
T: +1 804 775 1039F: +1 804 698 2122Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916

Represents a Big Three automaker in product liability lawsuits alleging defects in various components and systems, including fuel systems; door latching and locking systems; restraint systems; and electrical systems.

Served as trial counsel for an automaker in multi-week product liability trials in 2011 in Arkansas and Alabama state courts, both of which resulted in unanimous defense verdicts.

Serves as national coordinating and trial counsel for a major manufacturer of smoke alarms in personal injury litigation.

Represents a Fortune 500 utility company in a lawsuit alleging contamination from coal combustion byproducts.

Represents a national trucking company in cases alleging negligent driving and training.

Represents a major elevator and escalator manufacturer in product liability, construction and commercial matters in Virginia, Washington, D.C. and Maryland.

Selected for inclusion as a "Leading Lawyer," Product Liability, Mass Tort and Class Action: Automotive/Transport; Product Liability, Mass Tort and Class Action: Consumer Products, Virginia, Legal 500 US, 2018